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family were targeted. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. our heat index, about 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop presidential hopeful michele bachmann. a secret videotape recorded inside a christian counseling center s
guardsman who has deployed to iraq or afghanistan, but they are not the only ones of carrying the burden of military service. >> we so often hear people say, support the troops. we don't often hear them say, we support the families of the troops. is part of this making that awareness? >> yes. the military families are serving, as well. >> reporter: the cost of that service from the emotional anxiety of having a loved one at war to relocation and job changes, to home upkeep is what first lady, michelle obama, and dr. biden want people it know about. >> we went around the country for about two years and listened and heard about the problems and some of the things that we could do. >> whether you're a business leader -- >> reporter: in april they teamed up -- >> each of us can show our appreciation for everything these families do. >> reporter: to promote a white house initiative called joining forces. >> people don't know that someone in their neighborhood, their school, their church is deployed. here is a single mom or a single dad who is trying to take care of the kids and manage everyth
their own financial security. in afghanistan, concerned troops asked the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff about what missing the deadline would mean to them. >> if paychecks would stop it would have a devastating impact and have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> reporter: visitors waiting to tour the capitol also weighed in. >> social security, we don't know what will happen with that. >> it's ridiculous that our lawmakers can't come to some kind of consensus on what is best for the country. >> now, lester, as the schedule stands today, harry reid hopes to have a vote at 1:00 p.m. on a potential compromise deal. here's what congressional sources can tell us about this deal. it would look like the following. the debt limit would be extended by $1 trillion immediately. it would then be increased by $2.8 trillion for 2012 and then a special bipartisan commission would be in charge of finding additional $1.8 trillion in cuts to get up to 2.8 and if that commission fails by christmas widespread cuts for medicare and defense and both painful cuts and defense for republicans and m
olds all have a parent that have done multiple tours in iraq or afghanistan. guess what they like best about the women's team. >> they don't give up. >> reporter: it's their hallmark says espn analyst, a member of the '99 team. >> to show this courage and this feistiness and this will to just persevere when everything is against you will be, i think, their legacy, if they can win this game on sunday. >> reporter: but the americans have already achieved a big victory. they're regarded than more just world class women soccer players, world class soccer players, period. >> the women are now being appreciated for what they wanted to be appreciated all along. simply their skill as athletes. >> reporter: skills, they hope, will bring home the cup. now, this morning the team has gotten encouragement, tweets of encouragement from justin timberlake and lance armstrong and today a white house delegation arrived here led by dr. jill biden and including chelsea clinton and they met with family members of the team to let them know how proud their country is and how much the country is behind this s
for a little boyst in afghanistan. >>> natalie is off and amy robach is filling in. >> good morning. the there is no holiday for the senate today. as lawmakers discuss a deal to raise the nation's $14 trillion debt limit. republican leaders say they might consider eliminating some tax breaks provided there is no overall increase in taxes.ndon >>> liam experts say they may have to abandon the case against dominique strauss-kahn now they found the woman accusing him has a history of lying. the former head of the international monetary fund has beenmo released from house arre and due back in court july 18thr e. of workers are cleaning up an oil spill in the yellowstone river. a 12-inch exxon mobil pipeline ruptured on friday sending tens of thousands of gallons of oil gushing into the waterway. >>> prosecutors getting the final word today before jury deliberations on casey anthony's fate. the florida mother is accused in the death of her 2-year-old daughter more than three years ago. >>> our quick roundup of what has you talking online. people are searching the tragic death of a motorc
request to pay tribute to the country's combat role in afghanistan. >> i'm really excited. yeah. >> reporter: canada rolled out the red carpet for these royals. spectators, young and old, showed up for a glimpse of the glamorous pair. some waiting more than six hours. and kate's fashion influence filled the crowd. how important is she as a fashion icon? >> pretty important. >> pretty important. >> reporter: from fascinators to a tennis dress, and of course there were plenty of flowers for a potential future queen. >> she bent down and chatted with you, didn't she? >> would you like to look like her when you're grown up? >> yes. >> reporter: william and kate's trip reminded more than a few here of another royal couple, prince charles and diana visited the country in 1983 just a couple of years after they married. >> i was here covering charles and diana's trip to ottawa and william was just a baby at that time. so for me, it's quite poignant to come here, seeing him now married and representing his country. >> reporter: catering to the bilingual country, william spoke in english,
and these women in new york, los angeles, afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangelo calhoun led her friends and family from the u.s. garrison in titleburg in the classic cheer. soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> the nfl and the nba have been locked out. baseball is going with the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something americans can see and feel proud of these women going out there and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup by defeating the number-one team in the world. ann? >> anne thompson, thank you very much for your report. i'm glad you got all of that team usa paint off of your face. that's good. >> i was in the newsroom yesterday watching, trying to get work done. at moments
tony phillipson just found out that his son, james, who died in afghanistan in 2006 may have had not only his cell phone tapped into by the news of the world, but also his e-mail. >> they hacked into a dead soldier. this is despicable. what else can you say? what on earth do they think they're going to find. >> in the words of the prime minister, people trust the police to protect them, politicians to represent them, and the press to inform them. and, he says, the british public has been failed by all three. and, amy, this storiens to spread, to spread to the united states where one of the most senior executives now runs dow jones in new york but used to run this operation and possibly to spread to other newspapers. it's no exaggeration to say it threatens british tabloid journalism as we know it. >>> thanks for the latest. time now with a check of your weekend weather with bill karins out on the plaza for us. good morning, bill? >>> good morning, amy. we wait our whole lives for certain things. you waited your whole life to do what? >> to come to new york city. >> and who's this
, it's the name. this is a cult favorite. soldiers in iraq and afghanistan have logged -- >> anti-monkey butt. >> it gives you a red booty and this has calamine lotion. >> i'm just the messenger, people, but this is amazing. >> okay. i learned way too butt about monkey butt. bob i thomas, thank you. >> still to come, they're crazy for tomatoes. just plain old crazy, the scato family whipping up italian recipes, but first these messages. ♪ i can run just like the wind ♪ i will hide up in that tree ♪ no one will ever find me ♪ wish this day would never end ♪ ♪ would you like to be my friend? ♪ ♪ everybody's trying hard to catch me ♪ [ sneezes ] [ female announcer ] only kleenex® brand has sneeze shield in all its tissues to help catch sneezes in their tracks so kids can pass on the fun of being a kid. sneeze shield your kids wherever they go. now in new convenient on-the-go packs. ♪ that comes from a leafkids sweet surprise ♪rue love ♪ ♪ it's natural, guilt-free no artificiality ♪ ♪ it won't land on my hips or my thighs ♪ [ announcer ] truvia. honest
had two tours, one in iraq and one in afghanistan and he just got back on monday. she vowed not to cut her hair until he got back and look at it. >> we're excited for her. she deserves it, she's such a wonderful person. >> and now your baby is home and you're ready to cut your hair and get a whole new look? >> finally, absolutely. >> it will be worth the wait. >> are we ready for a new cindy? >> yes! >> okay, ladies. >> all right. look at the crowd. cindy's two sisters, four cousins and sister-in-law. this is a wild crowd, so buckle up. keep your blindfolds on. here is cindy's before picture. all right, cindy, let's see the new you. >> oh, my god. wait -- you guys ready? ready? take off your blindfolds. take them off, take them off. >> are you ready to see yourself? ready? >> turn around, you're going to freak. [ cheers and applause ] [ screaming ] >> you are gorgeous! wow, wow, wow! >> louis! louis! crazy, hold on, let's listen. >> when i saw cindy. when i saw cindy, i saw my dear friend and client, susan sarandon. and that was the inspiration here. it's star quality. >> isn't there a
of the morning. good morning. >> good morning. good morning, everyone. >>> a suicide bomber in afghanistan assassinated the mayor of kandahar overnight. the taliban claimed responsibility. this as u.s. officials issue new warnings that the death of osama bin laden ratcheted up the risk of anti-american violence worldwide. but counterterrorism and cia officials remain optimistic, saying al qaeda is on the brink of all-out collapse. >>> luiz gutierrez has been arrested outside the white house during a protest on immigration policy. it was the second time he was arrested outside a demonstration. he has since been released. >>> meantime, congressman david wu from oregon now says he will resign as soon as the debt ceiling crisis is resolved after allegations of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old girl. >>> senators are blasting airlines for hiking ticket prices as the faa undergoes a partial shut down, this after congress failed to pass legislation last week to keep the agency fully operational. and while the faa is on hold, airlines are not able to collect ticket taxes which add up to $200 m
and boys -- my 16-year-old son -- men and women in uniform in afghanistan glued to the television set, watching you, cheering for you. i mean, this was a victory for women's soccer. do you think -- do you realize the difference you have made for women's sports? >> absolutely. i think it's clear that, you know, we play with so much pride and so much spirit and so much passion. and i think that's the american spirit. and i think people really grasp on to that, and they wanted to jump on the bandwagon and follow it. because truly, this country loves winners. and although we didn't bring the cup home, we have a winning attitude and winning spirit and we play with so much passion and pride. and i think the country really enjoyed watching. >> and you've got daughters, christie. >> two little girls. >> so this is particularly poignant for you. >> yeah, it was definitely amazing to finish off the tournament like that and just to be able to go home to two little girls smiling and inspiring the youth, you know, and hopefully everyone, you know, jumps on board and enjoys the board of soccer and
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